Why Haverford

Haverford, one of America's leading liberal arts colleges, offers a one-of-a-kind education.

There is no place where students are more trusted, are more directly engaged with their education, and have more opportunity to shape their own path.

Haverford College at a Glance

Student Body

1,353

total enrollment

42.5%

students of color

14%

international

The Class of 2023

  • 13% New England
  • 11.5% Pennsylvania
  • 27% Other Mid-Atlantic
  • 10.5% Midwest & Central U.S.
  • 9.5% Pacific
  • 13.5% South
  • 14% International
  • 1% Puerto Rico & Territories

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Academics

Class size: % of classes with...

  • fewer than 10 39% (39%)
  • fewer than 20 76% (76%)

Popular Majors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

9:1

student:faculty ratio

99%

full-time faculty with highest degree in their fields

98%

students living on campus.

34%

students who play an intercollegiate sport

48%

faculty living on campus.

49%

students who study abroad

Faculty and students collaborating around a table

Haverford is consistently considered among the top academic institutions in the country.

Our rigorous academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration, and pushing the boundaries of each discipline. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate.

Lara Swimmer

Students have access to a tremendous intellectual community.

As a Haverford student, you are free to take classes at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania offers a 4 + 1 engineering program that grants a B.S. from Haverford and a masters from Penn in just 5 years


students approaching the blue bus to head to bryn mawr college

Students catch the Blue Bus, a free shuttle that runs between the Haverford and Bryn Mawr campuses.

The Haverford faculty is composed of more than 135 scholars at the top of their fields.

The absence of teaching assistants and graduate students means the focus of the education is squarely on you.

9:1

student:faculty ratio

99%

full-time faculty with highest degree in their fields

Our community is close-knit: 98% of students and 48% of faculty live on campus.

Haverfordians truly share a common experience. There is no anonymity here—you will be a valued member of the community and your contributions will be felt.

98%

students living on campus

68%

single rooms

city hall at the end of broad street in philadelphia

Downtown Philadelphia is just 8 miles from our stunningly beautiful campus.

The train station across from the campus entrance makes it easy to take advantage of all that Philadelphia, the 6th largest city in the US, has to offer - whether that be social, historical, and cultural experiences, jobs, or internships.

Alexandra Iglesia '21
Haverford students and faculty in Trinidad

Our Academic Centers take you beyond the traditional classroom.

Whether your research takes place on campus or across the globe, the Centers provide funding and support for those who want to design their own high-level scholarship and engage directly with what they are studying.


Thanks to a partnership between the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, students from Jonathan Wilson’s “Economic Botany” class spent spring break in Trinidad and Tobago on an experiential-learning study tour.

A student stands at a microphone in front of the student body

Students have a strong voice in the College's operations.

In addition to independently governing the Honor Code, students serve on hiring committees, manage budgets, and run more than 150 clubs and organizations. They are colleagues in stewarding the institution and experience an unparalleled degree of freedom and responsibility. Reflections of the trust we have in our students include unproctored exams, the absence of RAs in dorms, 24-hour lab access, and the lack of an admission enrollment deposit.


Rebecca Mu Jie Chang '19 addresses the student body during Plenary at Haverford College.

Abigail Harrison '19

We strive to make Haverford's education accessible regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Haverford meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Haverford is also committed to minimizing debt upon graduation, including a no-loans policy for students with family income below $60,000/year.

50%

receive some form of financial aid

More than 47%

receive a college grant

$50,101

average award of college grant

Haverford students start their college careers with instant friends and mentors.


"Customs" is our unique orientation program. The first week of college is spent bonding with your Customs Group—and they continue to support you throughout your first year of college and well beyond.

A grid of Haverford College alumni faces

Where do Haverford students go after graduation? Anywhere they want.

A liberal arts education is the best professional preparation. The skills, knowledge, and critical thinking you develop at Haverford can be applied to myriad fields and careers. As a Ford, you automatically stand out in the world, and are better able to inform, heal, and improve it.

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